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Significant Cases: John C. Goetz

John C. Goetz

Direct Dial: 612-344-0316
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Years in Practice: 43

AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice

Paralegal  Tei Kano

Legal Secretary  Peggy Larkin

$ 9,500,000.00Settlement

Car Accidents

Tetraplegia

Description:
A 29-year old father of two was rendered tetraplegic in a rollover collision in which he
was a passenger. Challenging issues included the fact that both the client and the driver
had been drinking. Names of parties and other details confidential.
$ 9,000,000.00Settlement

Grain elevator explosion

Traumatic Brain Injury

Description:
A young farmer suffered a severe brain injury in a grain elevator explosion, leaving him in a persistent vegetative state. This was the second time that the same elevator had blown up in three years. A settlement was negotiated with the elevator company without a lawsuit.
$ 6,000,000.00Settlement

Semi Tractor -Trailer Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury

Description:
A 35-year-old mother and wife suffered brain damage and the loss of one leg as a result of a collision with a semi tractor-trailer which pulled out onto a highway in a thick fog. The trucking company claimed that the fog was unexpected and made the collision unavoidable. However, pretrial investigation revealed that the truck driver had been warned shortly before the accident not to drive until the fog lifted. An out of court settlement was reached shortly before trial.
$ 4,500,000.00Settlement

Semi tractor-trailer collision

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A Twin Cities area husband and wife, riding in the family Suburban on a metro area freeway were suddenly confronted by the empty trailer of a semi that had lost control in the oncoming lanes, flipped over, and skidded on its side into their path. They saw the trailer for only an instant before crashing into it, too late to take evasive action. Both suffered extensive fractures requiring numerous surgeries, but were fortunate enough to avoid paralysis or brain injury. Suit was commenced in Hennepin County District Court and the case was settled at the pre-trial conference in 2009.
$ 3,000,000.00Settlement

Medical Malpractice

Confidential

Description:
Neurological malpractice. Parties and facts confidential.
$ 2,500,000.00Settlement

Wrongful Death

Pipeline Explosion/Burn

Description:
A pipeline explosion in a residential neighborhood resulted in the burn deaths of a mother and daughter. Suit was brought against the pipeline company on behalf of the surviving sister and husband.
$ 1,750,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Severe orthopedic injuries

Description:
A young woman suffered severe orthopedic injuries in an automobile collision with a drunk driver. The driver had inadequate insurance, but his employer was found liable because he was returning from a golf club where he had made arrangements for a social event sponsored by his employer, and was therefore legally proven to be on the job at the time of the accident.
$ 1,750,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Abdominal Injuries/Internal Injuries

Description:
A 32-year-old single man with a spotty employment history suffered severe abdominal injuries when a commercial van lost control on an icy road and hit his car head-on. Although our client had been drinking, defendant ultimately admitted fault as part of an agreement to submit the case to binding arbitration rather than jury trial. A settlement was negotiated before arbitration.
$ 1,500,000.00Settlement

Medical Malpractice

Confidential

Description:
Mental health malpractice. Parties and facts confidential.
$ 1,300,000.00Jury Verdict

Premises Liability

Spinal Cord Injuries

Description:
A teenage girl was partially paralyzed when she tripped or fell into a swimming pool that was under construction at her family's home. The swimming pool contractor settled before trial and the jury found the girl's parents responsible for negligent supervision.
$ 1,100,000.00Settlement

Automobile Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury

Description:
A physician was shoveling snow in his driveway one morning before work when a car being driven by a lawyer slid into him, causing a brain injury. The lawyer's insurance policy provided only $100,000.00 of coverage, but additional coverage through the lawyer's law firm was established by proof that the lawyer was driving from home to court, rather than to his office, and was therefore legally considered to be on the job at the time of the accident.
$ 1,075,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A sixteen year old boy was riding his brother's old bicycle, which had just been fixed up by a neighborhood bicycle repair shop. Driving the bike down a hill toward an intersection, he saw a truck pull out in front of him. He squeezed both brakes, but only the front brakes worked, and as a result he was thrown over the handle bars and under the truck, suffering severe orthopedic injuries. Suit was brought first against the bicycle repair shop and subsequently against the truck driver. Both defendants settled before trial.
$ 1,000,000.00Jury Verdict

Wrongful Death

Death

Description:
During the Holidazzle parade in Minneapolis, a police van suddenly accelerated into the crowd of onlookers, injuring several and killing two. John Goetz represented the families of the two deceased. In a four week state court trial plaintiffs established that the sudden acceleration of the police van resulted from a defective aftermarket electronic product installed in the vehicle.
$ 1,000,000.00Jury Verdict

Wrongful Death

Medical Malpractice

Description:
A medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital for the wife and children of a man who committed suicide in the locked psychiatric unit of the hospital. A federal court jury found the hospital negligent at the conclusion of a two week trial.
$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Medical Malpractice

Death

Description:
A 43-year-old father and husband suddenly developed an excruciating headache, the first such headache in his life. At the small town emergency room in Wisconsin, the physician failed to consider a cerebral aneurysm and did not perform a CT scan. He instead diagnosed a sinus headache and sent the patient home with antibiotics. The patient subsequently died of a cerebral aneurysm.
$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Premises Liability

Burn

Description:
A 2-year-old boy suffered severe scald burns from excessively hot water in an apartment building bathtub when his babysitter momentarily left him unattended and he climbed into the tub. The settlement was paid by the apartment building owner and the hot water heater manufacturer.
$ 1,000,000.00Settlement

Medical Malpractice

Confidential

Description:
Neurosurgical malpractice. Parties and facts confidential.
$ 920,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A 34-year-old farmer was injured when the forks of a forklift suddenly dropped on him while he was bending underneath to attach a chain to an object to be lifted by the machine. Suit was brought in South Dakota against the owner of the machine. The evidence developed before trial proved that inadequate maintenance of the machine had caused its failure.
$ 700,000.00Settlement

Drunk Driving

Death

Description:
A 32-year-old husband and father of a baby girl was served to the point of severe intoxication at a rural tavern and allowed to leave in his own car. He lost control and crashed, killing himself. The claim was brought against the tavern on behalf of his surviving wife and daughter.
$ 600,000.00Settlement

Product Liability

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A 55-year-old woman who was partially paralyzed due to chronic illnesses was being transported in her wheelchair by medical van to a doctor's appointment. The van's seatbelt was not properly secured, and the woman was thrown from her wheelchair when the van suddenly braked to avoid a collision. She suffered comminuted fractures of both femurs, had a long and complicated hospitalization, and lost some of the limited mobility that she still had before the accident.
$ 500,000.00Jury Verdict

Train Accidents

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
The case involved a car-train collision at a rural crossing guarded only by cross backs and a stop sign. The jury found the railroad negligent for not installing electronic flashers due to limited visibility and a history of previous accidents at the crossing.
$ 500,000.00Settlement

Medical Malpractice

Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Description:
A young mother and wife saw her family doctor with concern about a mole on her calf that had changed appearance. A biopsy was done, but the tissue sample was lost. The doctor advised the patient not to worry and did not re-biopsy the mole. Two years later melanoma was diagnosed and lymphectomy was required.
$ 375,000.00Settlement

Medical Malpractice

Death

Description:
A 16-year-old girl was taken to a hospital emergency room after overdosing on aspirin and Tylenol. She was properly treated for Tylenol toxicity, but not aspirin toxicity, and as a result died. Under Wisconsin law, the maximum amount that could have been recovered on her case was $500,000.00.
$ 275,000.00Settlement

Medical Malpractice

Failure to diagnose colon cancer

Description:
A 60 year old man went to a respected Twin Cities area medical clinic for his annual physical. Standard blood work revealed abnormally low hemoglobin. That fact should have alerted his physician to the possibility of colon cancer, but the blood result was overlooked. Colon cancer was diagnosed about a year later following a subsequent physical exam. Surgery and chemotherapy were required. The cancer had not metastasized and the prognosis is good. The year delay did not adversely affect the long-term prognosis. However, if the cancer had been diagnosed a year earlier, as it should have been, only surgery, not chemotherapy would have been necessary. The clinic admitted its mistake. The settlement, reached in 2009, represented damages for having to undergo a painful and debilitating course of chemotherapy with some additional loss of income and out-of-pocket medical expenses.